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DOT to flip switch on new traffic signal on Ga. 365

DOT to flip switch on new traffic signal on Ga. 365

If testing goes well, a long-awaited traffic light on Ga. 365 at Ramsey Road is set to be operational by mid-morning Thursday, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

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‘Rain tax’ is back on the table in Gainesville

Gainesville is once again considering the idea of a “rain tax” to pay for upgrades and replacements to aging stormwater infrastructure.

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Gainesville Police ID man driving SUV in deadly crash

Gainesville police have released the name of the second driver in a deadly crash March 20.

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GBI identifies Jefferson 3-year-old killed by accidental gunshot

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released the name of the child killed Sunday by an accidental gunshot wound.

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Oakwood police looking for suspect with counterfeit prescription

A man suspected of trying to use a fake prescription to get codeine syrup at a Walmart pharmacy March 21 is the subject of an Oakwood Police investigation.

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Georgia’s religious freedom bill creates a divide

Is it license to discriminate against gays and lesbians, or is it about protecting the interests of religious beliefs?

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9-year-old girl shot Monday in Barrow County




Retroactive change in grad tests called ‘a life-changer’

Former students who met graduation requirements but did not pass the Georgia High School Graduation Test now can petition for their diploma.

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Monthlong, countywide cleanup begins Saturday

Monthlong, countywide cleanup begins Saturday

It’s time to clean up our mess.

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The Local Agenda: Gainesville council to hear proposals on budget Thursday

The Gainesville City Council will continue hearing departmental accomplishments, goals and budget priorities for the next fiscal year when it meets for a work session Thursday morning.

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Hall Fire Services get new gear for busy lake season

Hall Fire Services get new gear for busy lake season

Before millions of people flock to Lake Lanier this summer, Hall County Fire Services Deputy Fire Chief Chad Black knew the county’s marine rescue team needed reinforcement.

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ER services at new Braselton hospital will help speed response

ER services at new Braselton hospital will help speed response

Making sure that Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton’s opening syncs with Hall County’s emergency services has been anything but an afterthought in the new hospital’s overall planning efforts, officials say.

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Good News Clinics executive director plans to retire

Good News Clinics executive director plans to retire

For Cheryl Christian, retiring was all about timing.

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Authorities work to solve mystery of skeletal remains found in Flowery Branch

A partial human skeleton was found Sunday afternoon in Flowery Branch and law enforcement authorities are trying to determine the cause of death.

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GBI: 3-year-old killed from accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound

A 3-year-old died Sunday after unintentionally firing a handgun, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Monday.

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Big crowd expected at job fair in Forsyth County

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Thousands attend open house for new hospital in Braselton

Thousands attend open house for new hospital in Braselton

Normally, people only go to the hospital if they have to.

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New party leaders set goals for political agenda in area

New party leaders set goals for political agenda in area

The influence of local political parties tends to ebb and flow with the election cycles.

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Job expo at Gainesville Civic Center to draw around 60 companies

About 60 employers will be hiring and hundreds of job seekers are expected to attend an annual job fair and career expo Thursday at the Gainesville Civic Center.

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Hall fire department to get new rescue boat

In time for Memorial Day, Hall County Fire Services will have a new 23-foot rescue boat.

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Class Notes: Gainesville High School yearbook earns praise for design

Gainesville High School’s yearbook, “The Radiator,” recently received national recognition for excellence in design.

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Clock ticking as legislature enters final week of session

ATLANTA — Georgia lawmakers are set to adjourn the 2015 session at midnight on Thursday, leaving only two working days left for the year and plenty to accomplish.

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Teachers get help in STEM instruction at UNG conference

Teachers get help in STEM instruction at UNG conference

Educators from around North Georgia met Saturday for the Georgia Science Teachers Association District II ELIPSE (Experiential Learning and Inquiry for Physical Science Educators) Conference held on the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus.

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Northeast Georgia Medical Center's new Braselton hospital helps drives growth

Northeast Georgia Medical Center's new Braselton hospital helps drives growth

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton is making an economic impression on its surrounding area, even before it opens Wednesday.

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A rarity: Murder case ends quickly in hotel slaying

For fans of the TV crime procedural, each episode’s case is wrapped up with a neat bow in 60 minutes.

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Day care owner, staff members indicted in 2014 toddler burn case

Day care owner, staff members indicted in 2014 toddler burn case

The owner, site director and an employee at a former Clermont day care were indicted Thursday on charges connected to a toddler who was burned on the premises last summer.

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Gainesville looks to hold line on water, sewer rates

Gainesville Public Utilities Director Kelly Randall is recommending no increase in water and sewer rates next year as sales and revenues outperform expectations.

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Eggs, oars, man’s best friend fill a cool day to savor spring

Eggs, oars, man’s best friend fill a cool day to savor spring

Though the weather was a bit cool even for late March, local residents found plenty of ways to enjoy a spring Saturday in the area.

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Brenau senior leader Byronica Banks excels despite suffering from bone disorder

Brenau senior leader Byronica Banks excels despite suffering from bone disorder

Put simply, Byronica Banks is a remarkable college student.

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Area taxi drivers on edge after recent slaying

Area taxi drivers on edge after recent slaying

It still doesn’t seem real to Erbey Rebollar and the family business at Taxi El Palmar.

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Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt provides fun for all ages

Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt provides fun for all ages

The inaugural Glow In The Dark Easter egg hunt took place Friday at Laurel Park.

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Bayeux Tapestry replica makes brief appearance at University of North Georgia

Bayeux Tapestry replica makes brief appearance at University of North Georgia

If walls could talk, those of the University of North Georgia’s dining hall banquet room would have had a lot to say Friday afternoon.

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Hall County Fire Services Awards Ceremony recognizes emergency officials

Hall County Fire Services Awards Ceremony recognizes emergency officials

The men and women that serve Hall County were honored Friday night during the inaugural Hall County Fire Services Awards Ceremony, held at the First Baptist Church of Gainesville’s banquet hall.

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Ted Oglesby honored by state lawmakers

Theodore N. “Ted” Oglesby was honored with a resolution in the Georgia State Senate chamber on Friday.

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Final legislature sprint: Cannabis oil, school reform bills go to governor

Final legislature sprint: Cannabis oil, school reform bills go to governor

As state lawmakers prepare for the final week of the General Assembly’s 2015 session, several high-profile bills have made their way from debate to a vote. Others, however, are tied up and may not survive.

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Forsyth teacher resigns after arrest on drug charges in Hall

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Old man winter is hanging on; North Georgia under freeze warning tonight

Winter isn't turning loose of Northeast Georgia just yet.

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1,100 run in annual Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce race

1,100 run in annual Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce race

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce hosted the eighth annual Chamber Chase 5-kilometer race Thursday at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville. Kenneth Slavik of Flowery Branch was the race winner. Race coordinator Megan Martin estimated more than 1,100 runners participated in the race, which marks an increase from last year’s 1,000.

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NASA scientist tells North Hall sixth-graders they could go to Mars

NASA scientist tells North Hall sixth-graders they could go to Mars

Sixth-graders in North Hall County spent Thursday morning dreaming of walking on Mars.

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Fundraiser names celebrity dancers for August event

Local celebrity dancers expected at this year’s Dance for a Cause have been announced.

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New Braselton hospital holds preview event in advance of grand opening

New Braselton hospital holds preview event in advance of grand opening

Smoked salmon was in the emergency department and apple cake squares were in the surgery waiting area at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.

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Friendship Road name restored to part of Ga. 347

In a surprising move, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to restore the Friendship Road name for a stretch of Ga. 347 between Interstate 985 and Ga. 211.

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Wayne Vickery's time as Gainesville High athletic director ending

Wayne Vickery's time as Gainesville High athletic director ending

Gainesville City Schools is changing its director of athletics position, a move that appears to leave longtime AD, coach and local sports icon Wayne Vickery out of his job.

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GSP: Man in serious condition after Dawsonville Highway wreck

Authorities transported a man in serious condition to the hospital after a wreck on Dawsonville Highway at Ga. 306.

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GBI: Two dead from gunshot wounds in Mount Airy

Two men were found with gunshot wounds at their neighboring Mount Airy homes on Wednesday.

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Gainesville man arrested after authorities say he stabbed brother

Authorities say an 18-year-old Gainesville man stabbed his older brother after an early morning argument on Marlow Drive.

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Lake Lanier Olympic Venue could help area businesses thrive

Lake Lanier Olympic Venue could help area businesses thrive

Lake Lanier’s blue waters could mean greenbacks for area businesses.

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Flowery Branch man gets 22-year prison sentence in Christmas Day 2013 slaying of brother

Flowery Branch man gets 22-year prison sentence in Christmas Day 2013 slaying of brother

Synthetic mushrooms and other drugs played a role in the Christmas Day 2013 death of Flowery Branch man Alan Scott Fyfe, according to testimony Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

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Badge & Bar: Hall County Fire Services raises most in statewide fundraiser

Topping last year’s showing, Hall County Fire Services raised the most money for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

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Gainesville native recognized as nation's top Army cadet

Gainesville native recognized as nation's top Army cadet

The No. 1 Army cadet in the U.S. is from Gainesville, and Gov. Nathan Deal couldn’t be prouder of the University of North Georgia’s Cadet Capt. Jonathan “Chase” Strickland.

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Hall County population tops 190,000

Hall County’s population surpassed the 190,000 mark last year, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates released today.

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School takeover amendment heads to voters in 2016

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed “chronically failing” won Georgia House approval Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016 and accomplishing the Republican’s top priority kicking off his second term.

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Medical marijuana bill heads to governor's desk

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

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GBI assisting in Mount Airy death investigation

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office in a death investigation in Mount Airy, according to GBI Region 8 Special Agent in Charge Kim Williams.

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Center Point recognizes Hall County's top student leaders

Center Point recognizes Hall County's top student leaders

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Eyes on the Road: Public curious about bill’s impact on local funding

The key question asked at Monday night’s last public-input meeting on the Hall County area’s draft 2040 transportation plan was the potential impact of a transportation funding bill if passed by the Georgia General Assembly.

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Police, businesses give tips to protect your home during vacation

Police, businesses give tips to protect your home during vacation

On the beach, the sand is between your toes, and you try to keep your smartphone away from your fingers.

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State House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA — The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

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State Senate passes medical marijuana bill

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Hall County government clinic expanding prescription drugs, other services

More changes and added services are coming to the HCG Family Health Center, a clinic and pharmacy operated by Hall County for its employees, retirees and their dependents covered by the government’s health plan.

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Northeast Georgia Speech Center to unveil Sensory Garden at open house

Northeast Georgia Speech Center to unveil Sensory Garden at open house

Whether your child is on the autism spectrum or just has a slight speech impediment, he or she could be helped by a center right here in Gainesville.

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Road now open in Flowery Branch

A gas line break at Gaines Ferry and McEver roads in Flowery Branch forced authorities to shut down the intersection, including the entrance to Four Seasons subdivision.

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3 area brothers recognized for WWII service

3 area brothers recognized for WWII service

Three pairs of identical, crystal blue eyes gaze across Lake Lanier.

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The Local Agenda: Scholars’ Academy registration still open

The fourth annual Hall County Government Scholars’ Academy is fast approaching, and registration is still open for interested participants.

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Changes coming to Gainesville Wood’s Mill

Changes coming to Gainesville Wood’s Mill

Changes are coming to the Gainesville school campus currently known as Wood’s Mill.

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EPA: Gainesville poultry plant violated Clean Water Act

Floating fats entering the city’s wastewater system, maggots on a pipe wall and blood on a trailer are just a few of the things found by federal investigators in an Aug. 27 inspection at Pilgrim’s Pride in Gainesville.

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South Hall residents plead to retain Friendship Road name

Supporters hoping to retain the Friendship Road name for a popular and busy thoroughfare in South Hall made passionate pleas to the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Monday during a work session.

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Traffic shift planned for Ga. 115 in Cleveland

Traffic on Ga. 115 at Tesnatee Valley Gap Road will be shifting today in Cleveland, weather permitting, as part of construction of the Cleveland Bypass.

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House panel OKs governor's school takeover amendment

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Police believe both drivers were drunk in fatal motorcycle wreck

Both drivers in a fatal wreck Friday night are believed to have been driving drunk, authorities said.

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Gainesville caregiver named Southeast’s best by franchise for service to seniors

Gainesville caregiver named Southeast’s best by franchise for service to seniors

When Beth McAvoy gets new patients, she doesn’t always know immediately what they need.

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Busy site at Thompson Bridge Road preps for more growth

Busy site at Thompson Bridge Road preps for more growth

Applications for new development are coming fast and furious to the Gainesville planning division, and the latest proposal up for review calls for professional office space along Thompson Bridge Road, directly across the road from the Wal-Mart grocery store.

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Class Notes: Centennial Arts Academy’s Frierson to serve as principal

Leslie Frierson, assistant principal at Centennial Arts Academy, will assume the role of principal at the end of the year.

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Final public meeting for transportation plan is tonight

The last public meeting on the area’s 2040 transportation plan is set for tonight, but that doesn’t mean the end of the road on public comment.

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Oakwood Police Chief Randall Moon describes being under fire

Oakwood Police Chief Randall Moon describes being under fire

In 30 years of law enforcement work, Oakwood Police Chief Randall Moon’s closest call came last month.

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